Introduction: Our aim
One of the biggest harms to our planet is the fashion industry. From production to materials used - we believe it’s highly necessary for companies to be 100% transparent with their customers. The world is producing and consuming more textiles than ever before. Here at Araa Active, we value our planet and understand the damage that certain materials and production methods are causing. We aim to create as minimal environmental damage as possible - using recycled material in our sportswear.
Pollution in the textile industry (pollution & climate issues)
Understanding the impact on our climate and pollution is the first step in solving this long-awaited issue. The current rates for recycling and reusing within production are extremely low.
The volume of fibre production in the textile industry has reached 110 million metric tons as of 2018. This further makes clothing the fourth largest industry in the world. With two-thirds of all textile fibres being synthetic, more than half are made from oil-based polyester. With the industry being this scale, it requires more land than ever as well as water and fossil fuels, leading to the increase of pollution in the air, water and soil.
Burning fossil fuels leads to the further emission of carbon dioxide in the air, eventually causing these greenhouse gases to be trapped in our atmosphere, resulting in global warming. Climate change is a very, very gradual process - and whilst we’re seeing some of the effects on a smaller scale today, our planet is gradually dying over time.
What we are doing to prevent it
Araa Active aims to ensure its manufacturers hold the 4.0 GRS Certificate. This verifies that they are producing quality recycled goods. Alongside this certificate, we also ensure the recycled materials in our production places that specialise in eco-friendly and high-quality textiles. The core factory for our production, located in Schenzhen, is SA8000 certified (A social accountability certificate to guarantee fair wages, safe and healthy conditions and zero forced or child labour). Check out our 4.0 GRS Certificate here.
How do you turn old water bottles into clothes?
Did you know almost all synthetic activewear is made from plastic? We just make ours with materials that would otherwise clog landfills and pollute the earth. It all starts with 100% post-consumer water bottles that have their labels removed, are crushed into billions of miniscule chips, and then washed until they’re sparkling clean.
Our sustainability research
With the issues that arise, there will always need to be a viable solution to a lot of the environmentally damaging issues when it comes to textile production. Furthermore, we had conducted an array of research (in collaboration with The University of Liverpool) in order to find early stage work in fabric recycling and identifying gaps and opportunities to take this work forward in the future.
One of the biggest difficulties is the separation of nylon and spandex material. Currently this type of activewear commonly reaches the end of life in landfill, and is not biodegradable. The ultimate goal would be to discover a way to separate the different components of the fabric material and re-use, ideally in sportswear again
SA8000 is a social accountability standard and certificate developed by Social Accountability International (SAI). They created this certification to help and protect workers worldwide by providing a standardized guideline to protect the integrity of workers’ conditions and wages. SA8000 overlaps with Fair Trade certification, but while Fair Trade is predominantly used for farming, SA8000 is a certification used in factory conditions.
Our recycling method
The specific materials of interest to Araa active are polyamide (nylon) and elastane (spandex).
Report Quote - One possible solution to stop landfilling of polyester could be bio-based synthetics, which are biodegradable and based on renewable resources. Biosynthetics consist of polymers made from renewable resources, either wholly or partly, and have the potential to reduce GHG (GreenHouse Gas) emissions. The feedstock has to be sourced and managed responsibly to realise this potential.